Cabinet expansion? No one called me, says Uddhav Thackeray

Cabinet expansion? No one called me, says Uddhav Thackeray

Cabinet expansion? No one called me, says Uddhav Thackeray

The Shiv Sena chief was at a meeting held to discuss the setting up of health check-up camps, following the August 29 floods.

The love-hate relationship between Shiv Sena and BJP was at display once again after Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena chose to stay away from the oath-taking ceremony of the major cabinet reshuffle of the Modi government.

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The BJP's move, many suggest, has not gone down well with its NDA (National Democratic Alliance) partners, particularly JD (U) and Shiv Sena. Party leadership wanted a cabinet berth, while Modi had reportedly offered them a junior minister's post. "We got the information about this from the media", Nitish told the reporters. They added that Prime Minister Modi had not pandered to the party, even when keeping it happy was critical. This is a thoroughly a BJP expansion, with induction of people that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants, what the party wants or what the RSS wants.some of them have been given entry into the council of ministers, some have been left out.

"Nitish Kumar was open to consider the proposal of joining the cabinet as he himself said but there was no consensus within other constituents of the NDA till the last minute".

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Nitish Kumar's JD (U) has 10 members in the Rajya Sabha-the numbers are significant given the BJP's objective to consolidate its position in the Upper House where the Opposition has often stone-walled many bills. "I am expecting a short expansion soon which will be only for allies", he claimed. However, Modi and the BJP ignored the Shiv Sena's demand.

" We have not received any information from the Centre.whatever we have heard is through news reports", Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray told reporters in Mumbai on Saturday.

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"NDA allies, the Shiv Sena and the JD (U), termed Sunday's Cabinet reshuffle 'a BJP reshuffle, not an NDA one". Sources say Thackeray is unhappy that his party may at best get one additional place while the JD (U) is likely to get two despite having fewer members in the Lok Sabha.

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